At our anniversary chat, last July, many of you requested more input from experts on particular topics to come and share their wisdom with #ECRchat. In light of this, we have an extra chat this week on Thursday 3rd Oct at 11:00 BST (UK) / 12:00 CEST (Europe) / 20:00 EST (Sydney, Australia).
The #ECRchat of October 3rd will be an “Ask the expert” chat on the topic “Making choices for the next step”. All PhD students and postdocs have a short-term temporary contract. This means that all of you will be soon at crossroads of your career and decisions are to be taken on the next step. How do you face this challenge? What do you need to be able to make an informed decision? How to find out whether careers outside academia would suit you? These are common questions that are addressed by the activities of the Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI). Chiat Cheong, project manager at PCDI, will share her expertise at this extra chat. She aims to conclude with some practical suggestions to put you in the driving seat in the preparation towards your next career step.
Chiat worked 11 years across Europe as a researcher on cancer gene therapy (PhD 2005). She exchanged her postdoc position at Queen Mary’s University of London in 2009 for the Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI), back in the Netherlands. At this organisation she made use of her communicative skills, creativity and scientific background to enhance the professional development of early-career researchers by organising activities such as courses, discussions, networking events and company visits. In 2012 she became project manager and her current focus is course development. To this end she discusses with policymakers and partners in industry and academia to explore how to make the most of the potential of young scientists.